1&2 Samuel

bETTER THAN THE MOVIES

Do you love history and finding out about your ancestry, then you are going to love the books of 1 & 2 Samuel. This is our history, the wars, the triumphs, the good and the bad all presented in these incredible books that show us the Kingdom of God on earth. Meet and get to know Samuel the final Judge of Israel, Saul the first King and King David as he fights for his throne. Intrigue, adultery, murder, incest, sons killing sons, betrayal - television will look boring to you after you read these books.

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Part One

There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no rock like our God.

1S 2:2

Have you ever wondered what the books of Samuel are about? Well, jump in with us as we venture through the historical background and genre of 1 & 2 Samuel. Originally one big book, you are going to love finding out about the lives of the last Judge of Israel and the first King Saul.


DIVE

THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER

As you read 1 & 2 Samuel you are going to hear stories and people that you probably have known for a while. We all loved the stories of David and Goliath that we heard at Sunday school, the stories of God talking to Samuel, we all laughed in juvenile delight as we were told about the King that was so happy to have the presence of God back in his city that he danced in his underwear. .

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DEEP DIVE

THE THREE CHARACTERS & THE THREE THEMES | CHRIS JUSTICE

Before I made the decision to become a Christian, my biggest areas of contention were morality and ethics. I struggled to comprehend the teachings of Jesus with the ‘God’ of the Old Testament, or, for what I knew of him. 1stSamuel was the book that broke down all my walls, and through it God taught me invaluable lessons before I had ever made a commitment.

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Part Two

And he became more and more powerful because the LORD God Almighty was with him.

2S 5:10

How great are the books of 1 & 2 Samuel - who needs to watch television when you have Bible stories like this! Find out about the theological message and the historical narrative of these books. Don't forget to jump on trashyourbible.com to get more information to help these books come alive.


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THE TWO REJECTS

How much are you loving the books of 1 & 2 Samuel, they really are incredible historical narratives of our faith?  I mean who doesn’t love prophets with miraculous births, God taking out the enemy by just the presence of the Ark, wars, good looking Kings, jealousy, more wars, Kings dancing in their underwear before God, adultery, murder – I mean seriously this book is like an episode that could be on NetFlix!

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DEEP DIVE

WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE? | DR KYLE KEIMER

Who is really in charge? This is something that the Bible poses over and over to those who read it. In Exodus God says he will give certain signs so that ‘they will know that I am God’ (the ‘they’ is both Israel and Egypt depending on the specific verse. Ex 6:7; 7:5, 17; 8:22; 10:2; 14:4, 18; and others). Judges 6 highlights that it was not Gideon who won the battle against the Midianites, but God. Over and over again God is the one who is in control.  Yet we sometimes forget this.

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Part Three

AS FOR GOD, HIS WAY IS PERFECT: THE LORD'S WORD IS FLAWLESS; HE SHIELDS ALL WHO TAKE REFUGE IN HIM.

2S 22:31

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TELEVISION HAS NOTHING ON 2 SAMUEL

How are you going reading 1 & 2 Samuel – how full on are they? I mean let’s be honest when we read the Bible we expect it to be a little conservative, loving, slightly challenging; this is a holy book, a holy text. And then you read 1 Samuel, it has some intrigue Saul gets a little out of control  but nothing too serious. Next, we are introduced to David, this sweet little shepherd boy, singing to the Lord in the field lures us into a false sense of purity. Because WOW it begins in 1 Samuel 26 and then as you turn the page to 2 Samuel the drama is in full swing.

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DEEP DIVE

DON'T LOSE HEART

The heart is talked about 29 times in the books of 1 & 2 Samuel.  The word for heart in Hebrew is leb meaning the inner man, indefinite, soul, comprehending mind, affections and will. In a time when God was establishing a human king and his kingdom in Jerusalem, the rise and fall of the kingdom would depend upon this one thing. Their heart, affections and will towards God.

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